This is the (somewhat embarrassing) "BEFORE" shot. I was having such a difficult time with the light, since I was shooting in the only corner of the house that wasn't a complete disaster area. My little man was not really cooperating either - he wanted me to take a pic of his new toy "drill" rather than his totally awesome new "Big Brother" shirt.
Nikon D80 edited in Photoshop Elements 7 So here is what I did: first I used the hue/cast tool (in the dropdown menu) to do a little white balance correction - sweet! Next I ran the clone stamp tool - which is my favorite tool, I use it all the time - to erase the little dots on the wall and on his face. Then I ran the FREE action from Everyday Elements called "Florida" and adjusted the levels a smidge - then I ran the FREE action from Paint the Moon called "Sugar Cookies" and adjusted the levels a little more. I left the whole image brighter than I usually would but I think I like it.
I'm linking up to Monica's Before & After blog hop at Pixel Perfect. Be sure to check out her blog for more awesome edits!